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[Perspectives] Devil in the details

It’s appropriate that the Royal Shakespeare Company’s staging of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus initially shared the Swan Theatre—and most of its cast—with its production of Don Quixote. Both Marlowe’s play and Miguel de Cervantes’s novel are, in their way, tales of obsession; and in both cases, the protagonists are led along the road to ruin by that most addictive of drugs, the written word. It is a strange paradox that two such influential texts should have, at their core, a strong strain of bibliophobia.